Backing the ‘bullies: why bullying is endemic in school and what needs to change

  • Elizabeth Nassem

    Press/Media: Expert Comment

    Period12 Nov 2018

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    Media contributions

    • TitleBacking the ‘bullies: why bullying is endemic in school and what needs to change
      Degree of recognitionNational
      Media name/outletThe Phoenix Newspaper
      Media typePrint
      Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
      DescriptionTo mark Anti-Bullying Week (Nov 12 – 16), Birmingham City University bullying expert Dr Elizabeth Nassem explores how bullying is dealt with in schools, what needs to change and how mentoring could play a key role.
      Despite schools having a legal duty to tackle bullying and the wealth of interventions to eradicate it, bullying remains a serious problem, entrenched in children’s everyday experiences of school, and associated with anxiety, depression and even suicide.

      In my research I’ve found that some pupils are beaten up, hit, spit on and kicked as they walk between lessons; children with learning difficulties are often called ‘thick’. Some are ostracised to the point that they spend playtimes alone; pupils whipped with sticks and forced into bins; and children who misbehave have spent several days alone in isolation booths unsure of what they have done wrong.
      Producer/AuthorElizabeth Nassem
      PersonsElizabeth Nassem